Guiding Principles for Engaging New Hampshire in Developing the NH Food Strategy
These guiding principles were crafted by the NH Network Design Team in 2013 to inform how the leadership and facilitating teams approach engaging a diverse spectrum of NH citizens, businesses, communities, and organizations in the network and strategy development processes.
- Emphasize collaboration, partnerships, and integration with businesses, groups, and initiatives that function within the food system and work on food issues throughout the state Our goal is to build on and help to coordinate the many efforts already underway, not to reinvent the wheel.
- Create a NH food strategy in collaboration WITH citizens, businesses, communities and existing networks not merely based on input FROM them. Ownership and meaningful participation in the process will lead to more successful implementation in the future.
- Actively engage broad and diverse food system sectors, including citizens, communities, businesses and groups working at different scales in diverse geographic areas
- Strive to ensure that businesses, groups and individuals who do not often have a voice, are underrepresented in public policy conversations, or are most vulnerable, are included and involved in culturally appropriate ways. This means that participants will be socio-economically diverse, age-diverse and ethnically diverse. The Strategy and Process teams will need to educate themselves about how to include diverse voices effectively and meaningfully.
- Communicate in plain language and be transparent about the process we are using.
- Be POSITIVE, not alarmist in our messaging; focus communication on opportunities and resources, rather than challenges and deficits, although sharing facts and information about those challenges will be as important as well.